Okay, for the most part I have this site set up for use and getting close to telling my story and hopefully encourage others to as well.
But as many that may understand the hurt and pain I went through in my story, many will not if they do not understand empathy and PTSD. The people that think we should “tough it up” and “get over it”. They don’t understand being hyper-sensitive and having a brain wired to NEVER forget trauma and the situation(s) related to it. People with this mindset will likely not understand the level of distraught brought upon me by my abusive therapist.
So, in this post I’ll link to a couple of articles that hopefully some will gain some insight as to what it’s like to be an empath and to understand PTSD.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.
Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reduce symptoms and improve function.
Empathy and PTSD:
I hope this information will provide some understanding. If you read through the above and still retain the mindset of “just get over it”, then you’ll just have to understand that you’re not like us, we do not “just get over it.” Count yourself fortunate.